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October’s Mesmerizing Birthstone, Opal

October’s birthstone, the opal, presents like a kaleidoscope of natural art. Renowned for its captivating play of color, opals are as unique as the October babies born in this enchanting autumn month. Often associated with mystery and magic, the opal has fascinated civilizations for centuries.

Opal
Credit: Macy’s

Opals derive their name from the Sanskrit word “upala,” meaning precious stone, and it’s easy to see why. What sets opals apart is their ability to showcase a spectral dance of hues, known as play of color, that shifts with the angle of observation. This mesmerizing phenomenon can encompass a spectrum from fiery reds and oranges to tranquil blues and greens, making each opal a one of a kind masterpiece.

Beyond their aesthetic allure, opals have been attributed with various symbolic meanings. Historically, opals were believed to bring good luck and protect against evil. They were also thought to enhance creativity and help wearers express their true selves. In the realm of healing, opals were considered to promote eye health and foster emotional balance.

Opal ring
Credit: Macy’s

Opals, with their ever-changing beauty, are a fitting representation of October’s dynamic spirit. Whether adorning jewelry or simply admired in their raw form, opals continue to cast a spell, capturing the essence of the season and the diverse personalities of those born in the month of October.

Opal
Credit: Gemstones.com

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